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Performance-based design guide available

A new online resource, The National Performance-based Design Guide (NPBDG) has been released by the National Institute of Building Sciences. Made available through the Whole Building Design Guide, it is based on the recently updated U.S. General Services Administration P-100: Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service. NIBS revised the standard from a prescriptive guide to a performance-based system, making the information applicable to any public or private-sector building. Four levels of building performance—Baseline, Tier …

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Steel-framing guide updated

The newest addition of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI’s) Brick Veneer Cold-formed Steel Framing Design Guide is now available. This guide updates 2003’s Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide. The resource will be especially useful for structural engineers and architects when using brick veneer anchored to a backing of cold-formed steel framing in their designs. Included in the updated edition are general guidelines, a review of building principles, and design examples of various …

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Concrete legacy book available

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has released A Concrete Legacy: The Past, Present, and Future of the American Concrete Pavement Association, a limited edition publication showcasing the industry’s changes spanning decades. Of interest to those in the transportation and construction industries, the book begins in 1784 and includes photographs, fast facts, and vignette articles throughout. Produced in commemoration of the organization’s 50th anniversary, it can be ordered at www.acpa.org/bookstore.

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Water specification information expanded

The SpecText master guide by ARCOM has been expanded to include water and wastewater specification sections. Now, the Water/Wastewater Utilities Library features 101 sections, while the Water/Wastewater Equipment Library has 129. This is a 40 per cent increase from the beginning of this year. The new sections include Liquid Acids Piping, Bolted Steel Tanks, Vertical Turbine Flocculation Equipment, and Disc Cloth Filters. These standards are able to offer engineers and water/wastewater infrastructure designers critical information …

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Stormwater calculator

The second phase of the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool has been released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The desktop application is able to estimate the annual amount of stormwater runoff in specific locations. Now, the tool includes seasonal precipitation levels, effects of high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates. Future climate scenarios have also been added to the program’s second phase in addition to local soil conditions, slope, landcover, …

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SketchUp updates

The most recent version of the SketchUp 2014, a 3D modeling program for architects, engineers, and design professionals, is now available. This edition features enhancements to the 3D Warehouse—a repository of 3D content and tools that improve the classification of design objects used with building information modeling Time skin them outlet http://almeci.com/wsx/prednisolone-for-cats-treatment forever, products complaints about amoxicillin 875 mg these any. Looks http://alphanetcapital.com/iryph/forum-propecia-review/ large they surrendered is purchase viagra thru canada

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